One intriguing stop made by the Michigan coaching staff this week was to Atlanta (GA) Woodward Academy to check on 2016 running back Elijah Holyfield.
"My coach told me that they really, really liked my highlight tape a lot and that they would like me to come up to campus," Holyfield said. "He told me that sometime this winter they're going to get the head coach to come down and see me as well."
The visit for Holyfield may come sooner rather than later.
"I'm looking to come up for the Ohio State game," he said. "It's the same weekend as Thanksgiving, so we're going to plan it closer to then, but I think I will be able to make it up there with my head coach."
In a recent interview with the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Holyfield pointed to Georgia and Michigan as two schools he would favor early in his recruitment. Despite never having been to Michigan, he sees a lot of reasons to feel that way.
"I know a lot about their stadium, and how it holds more people than anywhere else in the country. I really like that," he noted. "My coaches have always told me that Michigan is one of the best football programs outside of the SEC area and that their campus is really amazing. I'd like to see it for myself."
Holyfield, the son of former boxing legend Evander, has looked to his father for occasional advice now that he will start to see the spotlight as a touted football recruit. The message has been simple.
"He's always told me to stay humble and keep working hard," he said. "If I worry about myself and control what I can control, I will be fine."
The 5'11"/190 back recently got his first offer from Boston College. Besides Georgia and Michigan, he is also seeing interest from Wisconsin, Stanford, Ole Miss and South Carolina among others.